Monday, April 13, 2015

Channeling My Inner Sorolla at the Beach

"Down by the Seashore," oil, 8"h x 10"w, ©Jill Banks 2014
After studying the beach paintings and sketches of Joaquin Sorolla in the special exhibit at the Sorolla Museum in Madrid just a couple weeks ago, I had the perfect muse ready when approaching a quick painting at the beach in Monterey, California. Similar beautiful, brilliant sun. What was so amazing about Sorolla's sketches was how little had to be spelled out. A suggestion goes a long way. Thank goodness.

See "Down by the Seashore" and other paintings from Madrid and California (more to come) on my web site's Places gallery.

I couldn't be happier. Being at the beach painting live. Love the results. Hope you enjoy them too!

I'm at the Plein Air Convention in Monterey this week. More beaches, boats, coastal scenes coming soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sign Up for Classes -- In Virgina
Registration is going on now for Spring classes -- Tuesday nights, 6:30pm to 9:30pm for Evening Paint (starting April 28) and Thursdays, 10am to 2pm for Painting the Plein Air Landscape starting April 23 (Hurry!). Take a look at my Classes page and I hope you'll join us. Spots are still open in both.

Call for Artists
Plus, if you enjoy plein air painting, consider registering for Paint Great Falls! (Great Falls VA) to capture the town from May 28 to 30 with a Quick Draw event on May 31, 10am to noon.  Registration is now open at

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See the Events page for more info/updates
April 10 to May 1: Women Painters of the Southeast Juried Exhibition, Blue Ridge, GA
May 2 & 3: A-RTS @ Rockville Town Square, Rockville, MD
May 12-16:  Wayne Plein Air, Wayne and Philadelphia, PA. Juried as one of 30 artists nationwide to paint the area.
May 30-31: Art on the Green and Paint Great Falls, Outdoor Art Show (under a tent) and plein air competition and exhibit, Great Falls, VA
June 5-7: Rittenhouse Square: The Original Art Show, Philadelphia, PA. 
June 18-21: VA Beach Boardwalk Art Show, Virginia Beach, VA. Visit my booth right on the boardwalk.
June 29-July 5: Telluride Plein Air, Telluride, CO.  Juried as one of 32 artists who will spend the week painting this very cool town lined with Victorian houses, bustling street against a gorgeous mountainous backdrop.
July 11-12: Wickford Art Festival, Wickford, RI.
December 3-6: One Of A Kind Show & Sale, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL

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